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Oakland Athletics announce they will not relocate to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The Oakland Athletics will not make a temporary move to Utah despite engaging in talks to take up residence at the Bees ballpark currently under construction in Daybreak.

The Major League Baseball team announced on April 4 that it will move from Oakland, Calif., to Sutter Health Park in West Sacramento, Calif., for the 2025-27 seasons before moving permanently to a new stadium in Las Vegas in 2028.

In April 2023 the Larry H. Miller Company and a coalition calling itself Big League Utah publicly announced its interest in bringing an MLB team to Salt Lake City. The Larry H. Miller Company is the proponent of the new Bees ballpark, which the Triple-A team will move to after its current lease at the Smith’s Ballpark expires in fall 2024.

According to a statement from the Larry H. Miller Company, MLB and the A’s approached the company about potentially hosting the team at the Bees ballpark during its transitionary period. However, due to an existing television contract, there were economic reasons for the A’s to stay in Northern California from the beginning.

“Our proven and ready ownership group and broad-based coalition is fully committed to bringing an MLB expansion team to the Power District on Salt Lake City’s west side,” said the statement from the Larry H. Miller Company. “We are grateful and encouraged that Utah was viewed as a potential host and solution for the Athletics, and we will continue to demonstrate that we are the ideal MLB expansion market.”

The statement went on to say that the Larry H. Miller Company expects to open the new Bees ballpark in downtown Daybreak in the spring of 2025.

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